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Carry-On definition: get a summary, overview, and a better understanding of this travel term in the Dauntless Jaunter Travel Glossary.

Updated: 2017-12-07.

Carry-on baggage are those items allowed to be brought aboard with the passenger and stored at their seat, usually under their seat or the one in front of them, or perhaps above in an overhead bin, saving time at their destination as they don’t have to bagonize while waiting at the baggage carousel.

Carry-on luggage is often cheaper than checked luggage, as well as being faster, but weight limits are usually lower, too. Anything over the limits might constitute an excess baggage fee.

To determine the quantity and weight allowed per passenger, the traveler must contact the company or check the fine print of their travel reservation and identify the baggage allowance.

Carry-on items may also be called carry-aboard items.

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